John Hanrahan Scholarship Recipient Announced

28 March, 2019

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Inaugural John Hanrahan Scholarship Awarded

Riverine Plains Inc, together with the Hanrahan family, are pleased to announce that the Inaugural John Hanrahan Scholarship has been awarded to second year Bachelor of Agriculture student, Mitchell Priestly, who is currently undertaking studies at the University of Melbourne.

The Scholarship presentation took place at the Riverine Plains Inc Celebration of Agriculture Dinner held on Friday 22 March, 2019, at Corowa RSL at which Riverine Plains Inc also marked its 20th year of operation.

Riverine Plains Inc Treasurer and Scholarship Fund Trustee, Mr Barry Membrey, described Mitchell as a standout applicant and a very worthy recipient.

“The John Hanrahan Scholarship is named in honour of the late John Hanrahan, a successful and experienced farmer from Coreen, who had a passion for agriculture, a thirst for knowledge and real sense of community” explained Barry.

“We also see a passion for agriculture, commitment to learning as well as community spirit reflected in Mitchell’s achievements to date, which made him the ideal recipient of the inaugural John Hanrahan Scholarship” said Barry.

“Not only has Mitchell worked hard to study in his chosen field of agriculture, he has demonstrated his commitment to community through an active involvement in numerous sporting and musical groups and other committees over a long period” added Barry.

Mitchell has also shown himself to be enterprising, hard-working and driven to support himself and his passions.

This drive and determination led Mitchell to begin working at Craig and Helen Reynolds’ grain farm at Congupna during his senior high school years in Shepparton. The experience provided an invaluable introduction to agriculture and reinforced his educational and career path

“Mitchell has a forward-thinking view of agriculture and I have no doubt that he will be a future leader” said Barry.

“We are thrilled that the John Hanrahan Scholarship will assist Mitchell further his studies and we look forward to helping him achieve his potential and the bright future that agriculture holds” concluded Barry.

As the 2018 recipient of the John Hanrahan Scholarship, Mitchell receives a bursary of $5,000, access to work experience opportunities through Riverine Plains Inc, access to Riverine Plains events and networks and mentoring from a current board member.

Riverine Plains Inc would like to thank the Hanrahan family for their generous donation which enabled the establishment of the Scholarship, as well as all those who have made financial or in-kind donations to ensure the Scholarship Fund continues in perpetuity.

Applications for the 2019 round of the John Hanrahan Scholarship will open in July 2019. Further details will shortly be available from

The Riverine Plains Scholarship Fund has been recognised by the Australian Taxation Office to provide Deductible Gift Recipient status.  For information on how to make a donation to the Scholarship Fund please contact the Riverine Plains Inc office on 03 5744 1713 or email

Riverine Plains Inc is an independent farming systems group specialising in farmer driven research and extension across north-east Victoria and southern New South Wales. For more information, or to become a member, please visit


More Information or Interview:

Fiona Hart, Executive Officer, Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713